The Ultimate Field Trip

Today's public schools don't limit themselves to teaching the Three Rs to average students. Newton High School (Sussex County) teacher David Hegner and teacher assistant Sandy Thorpe have created a program that meets the special needs of moderate, cognitively impaired high school students who are planning ahead to enter the workforce after graduation.

The Ultimate Field Trip, funded by a $3,505 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, will teach students specific landscaping skills and build a sense of community spirit within the students.

And expansion of an existing partnership with the local YMCA, students will learn how to operate and maintain a greenhouse, learn how to use tools for landscaping and transplanting, and develop a sense of team work.

Among the skills taught are: trail maintenance, trail marking, clean-up, landscaping, tree transplanting, construction of campfire areas, bridge construction, the proper use of tools, and correct job attitudes.

In addition to learning new skills, students will develop a sense of community service and commitment to tasks.

For more information about this project, contact:

David Hegner
(973) 383-3834